The path of compassion invites us to remember that our belovedness is as secure as the air we breathe. It is the ground on which we have our being. … Remembering, reconnecting with, and rooting ourselves deeply in the loving essence of the universe reminds us of the truth of our sacred belovedness. We deepen our connection with this compassionate presence in various ways—prayer, meditation, solitude, retreat, worship, ritual, fellowship, and community. Many reconnect with this sacred presence by remembering and savoring the sacred moments that have graced them throughout the course of their lives.
—Frank Rogers Jr., Practicing Compassion (Upper Room Books, 2015)
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I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
—Ephesians 3:18-19 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, open my eyes so that I may see who around me needs compassion.
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If you’re interested in exploring the topic of practicing compassion further, join us on September 29-30, 2023 for RESILIENCE, a virtual event designed to equip us to live compassionately in the midst of conflict. Early bird registration ends on August 1, 2023. Learn more at UpperRoom.org/resilience.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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